Have you broken your New Year’s resolution yet?
There’s no shame if you have – it’s not how long it took you to break it that matters, but how long it will take you to start over again.
Do not fall into the self-pity trap. In fact, dispense with guilt trips, self-deprecation or shame spirals, and instead get angry.
That’s right, angry and determined!
Remember that you’re not a sap, not some weakling who bitches and moans, but the kind of a person who picks herself up, dusts himself off and gets right back on that wagon.
It doesn’t matter how many times you fall off, all that matters is that you keep getting back on.
Remember that it’s a process. Remember that anyone who has ever achieved anything, had first failed many, many times.
Try a new approach. Burn bridges. Create a commitment device.
Let’s say your goal is to lose weight. A commitment device here could be to announce to all your family, friends and acquaintances that you are going to be 25 kilos lighter by next October – and that’s a promise! And then constantly post progress updates on social networks.
Another commitment device could be hiring a coach and paying him or her to keep you accountable.
The best option, however, is a combination of self-discipline and external accountability.
We need to do everything we can to trick ourselves into consistently doing what needs to be done, regardless of how we feel about it.
If you need help and support with being strong and achieving your resolutions, I offer it through my online coaching workshop Accomplish Anything Like A Boss